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Admission standards for September 2014 - U.S. high school students

The values listed below are not the grades that will be required for admission in September 2015. Rather, they are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2014; grades that are equal to
or better than those listed do not guarantee admission for September 2015. Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades for entry may fluctuate up
or down in any given year.

McGill’s calculation of the admission average

United States high school applications are reviewed for admission based on McGill’s own calculation of the admission average. All grade 10, 11 and 12 academic results are taken into consideration. Depending on the program to which you have applied, certain prerequisite courses must be included; more information is available on our website. All grades for prerequisite grade 10, 11 and 12 courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In the case of a repeated course, McGill generally averages the grades for all attempts. Note that McGill’s calculation of the admission average may vary from those used at other institutions.

U.S. high school applicants must provide strong standardized test scores in addition to their high school record. Either the SAT I plus two appropriate SAT II subject tests or the ACT can be provided. Please see below for minimum test score requirements.

Please click here [.pdf] for a printable version of this table

Faculty or School Admission Minima Prerequisite Course and
SAT II Requirements ‡
Agricultural and Environmental
Science

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs
Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))
Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))
Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))


B average in grades 10, 11
and 12; B in each prerequisite
math and science; SATs/ACT as
per minimum requirements


Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: Math and one of 
Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Architecture, School of (B.Sc. Arch.) *

NOTE: The decision to admit also takes into account the portfolio ranking.
A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
prerequisite math and science;
SATs/ACT as per minimum requirements
Courses: pre-calculus;
chemistry and physics
SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.
Arts (B.A.) B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
English; each SAT I and II
620 (SATI Math 600) or ACT 27
Courses: English
SAT IIs: any two different subjects
Arts and Science (B.A.&Sc.) B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
English and each prerequisite
math and science;
each SAT I and II 660 or
ACT 29 (subscores 26 or better)
Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: Math and one
other subject.

Dietetics and Human Nutrition,
School of (B.Sc. Nutr.Sc.) ⊕
Dietetics






Nutrition


A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite math and science;
each SAT I and II 650 or ACT 29

B average in grades 10,11 and 12; 
B in each prerequisite math and science;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements


Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: tMath and one of 
Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Education (B.Ed.)
Kindergarten/Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Physical Education
TESL*


Kinesiology (B.Sc. (Kinesiology))

B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12;
B+ in each English;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each prerequisite
math and science;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

Courses: English
SAT IIs: any two different subjects


Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: two of Math, Biology,
Chemistry or Physics.

Engineering (B.Eng.)
Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering
Mining & Materials Engineering
General Engineering
(www.mcgill.ca/engineering/student/undergrad/general)


Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
prerequisite math and science;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite
math and science;
each SAT I and II math
and science 670, others per minimum requirements
or ACT 30 (subscores 26 or better)

Courses: pre-calculus;
chemistry and physics
SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.
Management (B.Com.) B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
English and prerequisite math;
each SAT I and II 650
or ACT 27
Courses: English and
pre-calculus
SAT IIs: Math and one
other subject
Nursing, School of (B.Sc.(N.)) B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
prerequisite math and science;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements
Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology, chemistry
or physics
SAT IIs: two of Math,
Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
Science (B.Sc.)
Biological, Biomedical and
Life Sciences






Physical, Earth, Math and
Computer Sciences

A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite
math and science;
each SAT I and II 680 or
ACT 30 (subscores 26 or better)

B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
prerequisite math and science;
each SAT I and II
660 or ACT 29

Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: two different subjects from Math,
Biology, Chemistry or Physics

The Schulich School of Music has its own admission office. Please contact them directly for more information.
⊕ Macdonald Campus
* Additional documentation is required. Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio; TESL applicants must pass a language test.


Minimum standardized test score requirements

Applicants may present the ACT or
the SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs

 

Minimum SAT/ACT Scores

SAT I

Critical Reading 620
Math
(for Engineering and Architecture)
560
(600)
Writing 610

 

SAT II

Literature 610 Chinese/Chinese L 570
American History 600 French/French L 590
World History 590 German/German L 570
Math I 570 Hebrew 500
Math II/IIC 540 Italian 570
Biology 590 Japanese/Japanese L 570
Ecological Biology 590 Korean with L 570
Molecular Biology 590 Latin 580
Chemistry 580 Spanish/Spanish L 570
Physics 580

 

ACT

Composite 26
Individual subject scores 24

Detailed information on specific prerequisites required can be found on our website.
Please visit www.mcgill.ca/applying to apply online.


September 2013 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the September 2013 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students [.pdf] document to view the required minima for admission in September 2013.


September 2012 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the September 2012 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students [.pdf] document to view the required minima for admission in September 2012.


September 2011 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the September 2011 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students [.pdf] document to view the required minima for admission in September 2011.